Arcadia’s Mobile Market is a 28-foot, farmers'-market-on-wheels that delivers crates full of local, sustainably produced food across the Washington, DC area, catering to underserved communities that don’t otherwise have access to fresh, affordable food. Arcadia’s Mobile Market promotes healthy lifestyle choices by engaging community members at market stops and students at schools in the preparation of local food in cost-effective, nutritious ways.
Arcadia’s Mobile Market includes the following program areas:
We operate weekly, fixed market stops at schools, churches, senior living facilities, parks, and community centers. We accept federal food assistance vouchers such as SNAP (formerly known as "Food Stamps"), WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) and SFMNP (Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program) and feature a “Bonus Bucks” program to double the purchasing power of these benefits.
We provide recipes and cooking demonstrations of easy ways to prepare fresh food, offer pre-screenings for SNAP, and provide resources for getting healthy, affordable food in the Washington, DC area.
We partner with neighborhood groups, institutions, and other established nonprofit organizations to conduct outreach and garner community support.
We believe that access to sustainably grown food is a right for everyone, regardless of income or residency. In the District of Columbia, nearly a quarter of all residents are considered low-income, many of whom live in so-called “food deserts” with few nutritious, affordable food options. Low-incomes and inadequate access to healthy food are associated with higher rates of diet-related diseases. Research shows that better access to wholesome foods, coupled with comprehensive nutrition education, fosters healthy habits that lead to lower obesity rates. To that effect, Arcadia’s Mobile Market is establishing a more equitable system of distributing food and nutrition education in our community.
At Mobile Market stops, we accept SNAP, WIC, and Senior FMNP benefits, and provide a Bonus Bucks program to match the value of these benefits up to $10 when used at the Mobile Market. The Bonus Bucks program is made possible by partnerships with INOVA, Power Supply, and Wholesome Wave. The majority of the Mobile Market's offerings are grown at Arcadia Farm, allowing us to offer produce at affordable prices. To supplement our offerings, the Mobile Market sources from Arcadia's agricultural partners, including local sustainable producers such as Ayrshire Farm, Common Good City Farm, Helen's Hens, Kilmer Orchards, Landon Farm, Maryland Sunrise Farm, Moo Thru, Mount Vernon, Licking Creek Bend Farm, Rock Run Creek Farm, and Willowsford Farm. Arcadia would like to thank Chipotle, Clif Bar, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, Washington's Green Grocer, The Wharf, and Whole Foods for their support of the Mobile Market.
Arcadia’s Mobile Market makes educational visits to DC and Northern Virginia schools, providing hands-on activities about farmers markets and the local food system. Learn more about the Mobile Market's School Education Program by clicking HERE.
Arcadia is an Affiliate of the National Mobile Market Network